Energy of Joy and Energy of Grievance


People differ in what they take for granted. When I was a school boy in the mid-1970s, houses of my friends were not always furnished with bathrooms. When it got dark in the evening, they would often stop playing together to go to the public bath. I thought it was cool and envied them because I had a bathroom in my house.

  • differ 異なる
  • take A for granted Aを当たり前と思う
  • furnish 備え付ける
  • envy 羨ましく思う

I often asked my mother to let me go to the public bath, but she turned my request down, saying “We’ve got our bathroom!” However, I asked her to again and again so much that I was allowed to have my own towel and bath-tub. At first, I enjoyed playing with my friends in the public bath, but as I got used to it I came to feel reluctant to go there especially on rainy days. I stopped going there in half a month, which made my mother laugh.

  • turn A down Aを拒絶する
  • allow A to~ Aが〜するのを許す
  • reluctant いやいやな
  • get used to A Aに慣れる

The standard of what you take for granted gets higher and higher unknowingly, which is troublesome. Anesthetics or drugs, for example, are effective at first even a small dose, but as you get accustomed to it, it becomes less and less effective unless you take more of it. This is true of the standard of what you take for granted.

  • standard 基準
  • unknowingly 知らぬ間に
  • troublesome やっかいな
  • anesthetic 麻酔

There is huge disparity of wealth on this planet. People in developing countries are delighted at a first built well in a village, while people in developed countries wash their hands with tap water inexpressibly.

  • disparity 不均衡
  • be deligted 喜ぶ
  • inexpressibly 無表情に

One of the challenges for souls travelling in this terrestrial environment is how much they rejoice or how much energy of joy they produce in their lives. You’ll be asked about this after you die. The higher the standard of what you take for granted, the less you produce the energy of joy. The lower the standard, the more likely you are to produce the energy of joy though there is still a chance for you to produce the energy of grievance.

  • challenge 課題
  • terrestrial 地球の
  • rejoice 喜ぶ
  • grievance 不満

I feel that the balance between these kinds of energy that living things on this planet produce has a great impact on wars or climate changes. Japan has become a country where people don’t smile enough. In the past, when the government corrupted, the gap between rich and poor increased or plagues spread, there occurred one social phenomenon repeatedly in Japan: many people began to visit Ise Grand Shrine such as a social movement called Eejanaika(ええじゃないか) in the Edo period. People who were born in Japan seem to have a disposition to try to return to their souls’ mother.

  • impact 影響
  • climate 気候
  • corrupt  腐敗する
  • plague 疫病
  • phenomenon 現象
  • disposition 性質

Always thinking about the wonderfulness of being kept alive is like looking at the world or things from the lowest position. Once you get this viewpoint, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a lot of great things that you should feel grateful about.

  • viewpoint 支店
  • surround 囲む
  • grateful 感謝して

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